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believe to be a terrorist act, against our consulate in benghazi on the 11th anniversary of the attacks of september 11. these attacks do many things, but they remind us i think first of the bravery and commitment of government officials who serve in countries around the world, supporting the struggles of people in those countries, to live free. and by doing so work to improve our own national security. the attack in libya also reminds us that even though the core of al qaeda has been seriously weakened, we still face threats from an evolving and fractious set of terrorist groups and individuals united by a common ideology which is that of haven't -- violent islamist extremism. i'll have some questions to ask the three of you about the nature of the terrorist threat today and specifically with regard to the reaction to this film whether you think it has raised the threat level against any places or institutions or individuals here in the united states. reporting to us on the terrorist threat to the homeland today, i also hope you'll address other concerns such as the effort to counter h
the administration's narrative that benghazi was not a premeditated terrorist attacks is now fraying at the edges. a u.s. intelligence source telling me no firm conclusions have been reached. that the former guantanamo detainee, known extremist, whose operation is in eastern libya is under the microscope. there was no significant or sizable demonstration outside the consulate at 9:35 p.m. when the attack unfolded. in simple terms there was no demonstration that spun out of control with extremists hijacking the crowd and assaulting the consulate in two ways. a u.s. intelligence officials left the door to other al qaeda op atives. kudo seems to check all the books. was a member of lfig, the libyan group. this group trained fighters to afghanistan and iraq. and the lfig has been known to send fighters to syria. bill: they were blaming the film for a time and apparently that will go to the wayside. how does the administration explain the disconnect of the explanation anything? >> reporter: after the head of the counterterrorism center confirmed at the open hearing this was a terrorist attack the whit
but destroyed by arson. as for the attack in benghazi that killed chris stevens, our ambassador to libya and three other americans on 9/11 this year, state department spokesperson victoria knew land ruled out any further disclosure about those events. just to be a clear a reporter asked her in a rare 5:00 p.m. briefing on friday night, you won't be talking about the circumstances of ambassador stevens death. that includes the attack? correct. or what led up to the correct? correct, new land replied. every debail about the benghazi attack is totally off limits for west? this is something you need to talk to the. fbi about knot us about because it is their investigation, nuland said. ambassador susan rice appearing about all five sunday shows did not appear bound by the new rules. her comments around the benghazi attack diverted sharply from what senior libyan officials have been saying. >> the best information and best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. what happened initially, it was a spontaneous reaction to what had transpired in ca
. sources are telling fox news they are convinced the attack in benghazi was directly tied to al qaeda and they believe a former detainee at the u.s. detention center in guantanamo bay may have led the assault. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge joins us live from washington of the catherine, we learning about the former detainee? what do we know now? >> reporter: good morning ub ba. according to the file sufyan qumu had direct ties going back to 1993 when he traveled to afghanistan and trained at bin laden's camp. in addition to the 20 year relationship with the al qaeda leader, qumu is tied to a. the assessment states, quote the libyan government considers the detainee a dangerous man who has no qualms about committing terrorist acts. fox news is also told that there are small scale camps run by extremists in libya, while not established training camps like we once saw in afghanistan prior to 9/11 the zones of activity we're told are around benghazi where the attack on the consulate be took place, darnah. and southwest libya. the u.s. intelligence community are watch
the preventative terrorist attack against the u.s. in benghazi and the killing of the u.s. ambassador and of several of his assistants. mr. president, i reiterate that mexico will amply comply with the laws established by this great organization. this can be seen in our human development indices win all areas. when it comes to security, we have fought decisively against criminal groups. we have updated and carried out a thorough restructuring of our institution while at the same time, looking forward to building a democratic culture. today in mexico, a reform has been passed or any human rights recognizing any international treaty, it is an internal law. and i am proud to be leaving mexico which has close relationships of friends and cooperation in all countries. we want freedom for men and women, justice and respect for human rights in our society. we want an environment that is respected and allows our dear planet to live forever and we wanted to have democracy without which there is no freedom. we desire peace on earth to all men and women of goodwill, peace to well below, thank yo
opinions on whether the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was premed cate tated. >> our current assessment is what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a response tains you reaction of what had transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facilities in cairo which were prompted by the video. >> the way these perpetrators acted and moved, this leaves us with no doubt that this was preplanned, predetermined. >> nbc's ayman mohyeldin is live in libya. two wildly differing accounts as to what these attacks and the source of, you know, who executed them. i guess, in terms of the intel that you have over there, do we have any further information regarding whether they were premeditated or not? just how much this individual was the had thing that sort of set off the blaze of muslim protests across the muslim world? >> well, at this particular stage it seems it's a little bit of a hybrid between the two different accounts that we heard there between the u.s. ambassador as well as the libyan president, and they're not necessarily contradict
yo from the last minutes of chris stevens life. arwa is live for us in benghazi. i know we've had a chance to view this video. tell us about the ambassador's last moments and what we're going to see in this video. >> reporter: well, what this video shows, erin is a group of men in a fairly chaotic scene crawling out of a window that they had just broken into, trying to reach this part of the compound. the doors, the windows all had bars on them. you hear a voice shouting they found a dead body. in the midst of this chaos, you hear someone screaming, he's alive he's alive. and they start chanting, god is great. at this point in time, according to the young man who filmed this, nobody realized this was the ambassador. they knew it was a foreigner, they suspected, perhaps, it was an american, it didn't cross anyone's mind that it was, in fact, the ambassador himself. he says they believe he was still alive, because there was a pulse. a very weak one, and his eyes were moving. in the ten minutes that it took for them to be able to transport him to the hospital, it appears that he died
was there was no significant demonstration going on outside that consulate area in benghazi. so she is making it sound if the extremists who were heavily armed came in and joined a ongoing big demonstration that got whipped into a frenzy and led to this attack. >> right. well, obviously there's still a lot of facts to be learned. we don't know everything yet but there is one group of people who are not at all confused by what happened and those are the people who attacked consulate and killed four americans. they know what they planned and what they did. even worse than that, as tragic as this is, is the signal that it is sending to al qaeda and terrorists and extremists all around the region, which is, that we did not have adequate security for our ambassador to libya. we didn't have adequate security for our embassy in cairo on september the 11th. and that official americans and private americans are vulnerable. tunisia is a good example. when they couldn't really take over the embassy they storm ad school across the street. they couldn't get the hard target. so they went after a soft target. i thin
over the country. it all started earlier this weekend. eastern city of benghazi was the scene. people there rose up following that attack and the killing of the u.s. consulate in benghazi and a lot of other trouble associated with these groups but nothing is easy here in libya. late word from benghazi one of those targeted militias says they're not going to give up and they're doing their own arresting. meanwhile some new killing of ambassador stevens and three other americans in benghazi nearly two weeks ago. "new york times" saying something like a dozen cia -- were based at the consulate there doing important work, tracking militant extremist groups in the region. they also say that at least some fbi agents are on the ground in benghazi. we've got a couple of sources saying otherwise but all agree that the insecurity situation in this country is making detective work on this crime very difficult indeed. finally, patti ann, back to that new word about the last hours of ambassador stevens. the libyan government is now saying he was alive when libyan civilians found him inside that sm
sbres in benghazi. that same consulate was attacked in the past. the convoy at the head of the u.n. mission was attacked. so, officials are telling us that for months, they had been warning the americans about this, the growing presence of power of these extremists militia groups, specifically in benghazi. they were meeting shortly before the compound was attacked. it was meant to be about business economics, but the officials there told the americans who were senior officials from the consulate itself that look, now is not the time to be talking about expanding business, to be talking about increasing a western presence in benghazi because we are not capable of containing a threat by these extremists militias and the ambassador himself was aware of the general overall deterioration. >> thank you very much. arwa has been doing this reporting tire lessly from the ground. mike rogers has been following developments and is "outfront" tonight. appreciate you taking the time. you just hard our arwa damon report. she had more details tonight, but that there had been warnings of a deter
and three other americans. the gunmen fired into the consulate in the city of benghazi. they threw handmade bombs into the compound, sparking fires. demonstrators in inn libya and elsewhere in the middle east have staged protests against a film made in the u.s. protesters say it blasphemes the prophet muhammad. >> the united states condemns in the strongest determines this attack. we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> obama said the attack will not break the bonds between the countries. the president of libya's national assembly apologized at a news conference in tripoli. mohammad garias acknowledged that film insulted the prophet muhammad. still, he said retaliatory attack cannot be tolerated. the film at the heart of the protests has angered people across the middle east. it depicts the prophet muhammad and includes scenes of sexuality. hundreds of egyptians protested for a second day in front of the u.s. embassy in cairo. authorities have sent in more security forces to watch them. >> translator: i'm deeply hurt, seeing the pr
.s. consulate in benghazi that claimed the lives of four americans including the ambassador to libya, chris stevens. interim president is tuesday's raid was pre-meade at a time act of violence. now that is claim that the u.s. ambassador to the united nations disputes. take a listen. >> best information and best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, pre-mid at a time attack. that what happened initially was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video. people gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent. those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons which are quite common in post revolutionary libya. that then spun out of control. >> gregg: some critics of the administration taking issue with that claim you just heard and questioning why so many of those protestors were in fact heavily armed. >> i'm not sure how much pre-planning went on, but it was clearly an act of terror. people don't bring rocket propelled grenades to demonstrations because they want to demonstrate. it was ver
to investigate the benghazi attack alongside local authorities to examine the possibility of al qaeda or other terrorist groups' involvement. a high ranking u.s. official has characterized the attack as elaborate. the assault fell on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the u.s. president barack obama reacted sharply. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> reporter: during a phone call with the president of the libya's national assembly mohamed magarief, obama asked libyan authorities to secure the safety of u.s. embassy staff. the leaders confirmed that american and libyan officials will cooperate to identify the assailants and bring them to justice. at the same time, the obama administration is apparently trying to show consideration for protesters in the arab world. the president criticized the american-made film that angered many muslims. the chairman of the u.s. joint chiefs of staff martin dempsey made a phone call to a ch
.s. consulate in benghazi, the torture and killing of our ambassador, the deaths of three american patriots and the following attacks and deaths involving marines in afghanistan. americans are watching a conflagration of an estimated half million jihadists and over 30 countries burning portraits of our presidents and american flags and threatening attacks upon our consulates and embassies while shouting death to america. no, mr. president, my colleagues, the war against terrorism is not over. now we find out ten days later that al qaeda was involved in a planned attack in benghazi, dangerous poe tests continue in pakistan and throughout the muslim world. this morning, the commandant of our marine corps informed the capitol hill marines there are 153 marine units at the ready to protect u.s. consulates and embassies at the direction of the state department. they should be deployed. and he believed that the current danger may well last decades. the sobering truth hurts. was there actionable intelligence prior to this attack, and if there was not, why not? especially given recent intelligence
attack on u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya during protests there is the film has seriously hampered ca operations on the ground. following the deaths of u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three staffers, more than a dozen say operatives and contractors were evacuated. they have been gathering intelligence on armed groups operating in and around benghazi. the libyan government has said it only became aware of the u.s. intelligence operations after seeing the number of operatives being evacuated. bomb administration -- the obama administration has release the names of 55 guantanamo prisoners who have been cleared for release. the names are part of a group of 86 prisoners who received approval to be transferred from guantanamo three years ago, but have remained in captivity. guantanamo defense attorneys say the disclosure will make it easier to advocate for those identified, but have urged the u.s. to reveal the remaining names and begin transfers without further delay. mitt romney has released a limited set a personal tax records following months of public criticism. romney's 2011 t
in benghazi last week. the nation's counter-terrorism chief telling congress heavily armed extremists saw an opportunity to attack during protests over an anti-muslim film and took it. and the u.s. is looking for links to al qaeda. >> i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> now sources are telling cnn ambassador stevens was worried about his and others safety mentioning a rise in islamic extremism and growing al qaeda presence in libya. he also mentioned being on an al qaeda hit list. john mccain was outraged last night. >> does it make any sense to you the level, or the small level of security he apparently had with him? >> it doesn't make any sense. i'll tell you what else doesn't make any sense is that the white house spokesman, secretary of state and our ambassador to the u.n. stating categorically it was not a terrorist attack when obviously it had all the earmarks of a terrorist attack including rocket propelled grenades and heavy weapons and a very well carried out military operation. >> libyan military officials telling cnn they me
dozen bills on the agenda today, including one honoring the diplomats killed in libya, in benghazi last week, and the re-authorization today of the federal emergency management agency. live coverage here on c-span at 2:00 p.m. eastern. host: the chair of the hamilton county, ohio, democratic party, tim. in cincinnati. and the republican party chair, alexander, from hamilton county. and from columbus, ohio, is jim, the political correspondent for wbnf-tv, the cbs affiliate in that city. gentlemen, thank you very much for being with us. jim heath, let me begin with you. hamilton county, ohio, has traditionally been a republican county, 1968 through 2004, a traditional republican county. in 2008 it went democratic. barack obama winning by 29,000 votes. what changed? >> well, a lot of republicans moved out of hamilton county into surrounding counties, steve, but there's one thing for certain in this election like past elections, the southwestern corner of ohio will be pivotal for mitt romney. he's got to get that back. he's got to perform better in hamilton county than john mccain did four
in the city of benghazi. protest began after the release of the film that ridiculed the prophet muhammed. cnn broke a pledge not to report on stevens diary. cnn says issues deserved full reporting and confirmed the information in the diary with other sources. >>> at least four people have died and 70 people have been hurt in protests against armed islamic militias in libya thousands provetesters stormed a benghazi compound where the militia is suspected of killing ambassador stevens and then set fire to the compound. two main militias in the eastern city announced they were disbanding after those protests. analysts say it's surprising because it's a strong hold for islamic extremists. >>> tens of thousands of people protests anti-islam film in the nigerian city of cano. shouting death to america. death to israel and death to the enemies of islam. protestors burned images of president obama and stomped on the american flag. no one was seriously hurt but the protest did cause gridlock in the city of roughly 4.5 million people. the demonstration was organized by the islamic movement of nigeria,
on the investigation into last week's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. matthew olsen said although the perpetrators remain unknown, it is clear the assault was a premeditated terrorist attack. >> sir leon that particular question i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. a number of different elements appear to have been involved in the attack, including individuals connected to militant groups that are prevalent in eastern libya, particularly in the because the area. ross also looking at indications that individuals may have connections to al qaeda or affiliates of al qaeda, in particular. >> france has ordered the closure of embassies and other official sites in 20 countries after a french magazine published offensive caricatures of the prophet muhammed. the latest issue of the satirical weekly featured a depiction of muhammad in pornographic poses. abortion clinics in virginia are facing a major setback after the state's board of health reversed an earlier decision that exempted them from stringent building codes. the regulations in q
in benghazi. mitt romney put out a statement on developments in the middle east. as was before we knew publicly who specifically had been killed. as we said a moment ago, more news coming out this morning about what is happening in libya as well as what's happening in egypt. pictures in the paper today of protesters destroying an american flag. it was ripped down from the u.s. embassy in cairo yesterday. they put a black flag in its placed. in other international news, president obama spoke last night with the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu. here is the washington post reporting on that story -- here is a read on president obama's phone call. the white house said the two leaders discussed but -- some stories in the international news this morning, we are asking you whether teachers should be allowed to strike. you're looking at the chicago strike. aurora is an educator in homestead, florida. good morning. caller: good morning. keeping the topic with teaching, i have taken my grandson under my wing because the quality of education he was having in new york. i am a new york
in benghazi along with three other meamericans. homeland official said the attack was not carry ied out by people simply protesting that anti-islam film. >>> i would say, yes, they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack on our embassy. >> and the presence of rad ical islam in libya has some top senators worried about the united states' relationship with the country. >> libya, very weak, as you know. their borders are porous. but still it is the obligation of the host country to protect our consulates, our embassies and our personnel. it's partially ours but we have to depend on the host country and we have to, then, sort out and rethink what presence we're going to have and what relationship we're going to have with these countries. >> u.s. intelligence officials are still investigating the incident. at least one suspect from the attack in libya has been apprehended. >>> within the hour, the department of justice's inspector general will brief lawmakers about his fast and furious report, atf's weapons trafficking investigation was connected to the death of u.s. border patrol ag
at the benghazi consulate?" you pick up "the new york times" and you get a blow-by-blow description of what supposedly went o. so it was like pulling teeth to get information yesterday. a lot of senators were frustrated. and you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you. and one of the things i'm worried about is we're trying to find out who committed these terrible acts of terrorism -- and they were acts of terrorism, not a spontaneous riot -- i said, what is the game plan? will they be held as enemy exatents, are they going to be held as common criminals? will they be prosecuted in libya? will they be brought back to the united states? do you have to read them their miranda rights? really absolutely not a whole lot of information. but at the end of the day, it was a lost opportunity i think to inform the congress. can we now move to the rand paul amendment? mr. mccain: mr. president, i'd like to take what remaining time we have in order to discuss the paul amendment. and i'd like to begin by asking insertion in the -- in the "congressional record" a
than two weeks after an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, killing four americans including ambassador chris stevens. chief among them, what did the intelligence community know and when did it know it and when and how was the obama administration informed. just in to cnn, the national intelligence director is addressing both issues. let's get right to cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly in washington. >> this has been something of a political football thrown around for a couple of weeks now as people try to nail down what happened, when intelligence officials knew it, and this is the fullest accounting yet we're getting now from the office of the director of national intelligence on exactly what they knew and when. i want to read to you from a statement by shawn turner, the director of public affairs for the odni's office. he said in the immediate aftermath there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier thie day at our embassy in cairo. we provided that initial assessment to executive branch offic
organizations -- a ship from terrorist organizations towards a mob. we have seen it in bank as a -- benghazi where despite a large security presence, a u.s. ambassador was killed. this suggests we are moving into a world that will be more and more difficult to continue to depend on governments protecting our diplomats because the skit -- the investments required to deal with 400 people, they have huge implications for the number of embassies he can run. >> it will have to remain for the host government. this is an increased threat. that does not reduce the other threats -- the attempt on the life of our ambassador in benghazi. this does that mean other threats are being reduced. there is no way of avoiding the prime responsibility of being host nation. there are many circumstances in which host nations fully lived up to these responsibilities. what we are hearing about your is the exception to that. across the middle east, host nations often do an outstanding job in -- and their police forces often do a great job protecting foreign embassies. where they fall down than to that task, then we h
that said " thugs and killers do not represent a benghazi or islam. " the president of the palestinian authority, who worked closely with chris sent me a letter of remembering his energy and integrity and deploring ' an act of ugly terror." many others from across the middle east and africa have offered similar sentiments. this has been a difficult week for the state department's and for our country. we have seen the heavy assault on our post in benghazi bad took lives of those brave men. we have seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we had nothing to do it. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless. it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen, and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the dictator for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. we will, under the president's leadership, i keep taking steps to protect our personnel around t
oo the u-s consulate complex in benghazi on tuesday, pelting it with gunfire and rooket-propelled grenades. the siege ignited a fire, filling the safe room with smoke, and driving at least one person in it to the roof. in the end, four died, incluuing the u-s ambassadorr to libya, chrii stevens, who helped save bbnghazi during last year's revolution. he's the first u-s ambassador to be killed since 19-79. a life-long friend opened up about the loss. i lost someone whooactually unconditionally loved just about everybody. but i think what the world lost was a great diplomaa who was interested in peace and humanity and really understood the culture of the middle east. a senior staffer at the senate foreign relations committee was also among his friends. this was his cclling in life. he basscally said this is what he was meant to do. and he was willing to take the risk and it's so unfortunate that that risk finally overtooo him. it's tragic, but i think he died living out his life's mission. sean smith, a foreign service information management officer, was also killed. smith
at the american consulate in benghazi, libya. our embassy was breached in cairo, egypt, with the flag being desecrated. unfortunately, the president's failed has reduced the army to the smallest size since 1929, reducing the navy to the smallest fleet since 1916 and reducing the air force to the smallest size since it was created. this endangers our national security and puts american families and our allies at risk. additionally, the president supports sequestration, has done nothing to halt the defense budget cuts which will limit the capabilities of our armed forces while destroying hundreds of thousands of jobs. american families deserve better. to continue to promote democracy and peace, we must implement president ronald reagan's approach of providing peace through strength. the bias of the coordinated disinformation of the liberal media is a disgrace to journalism. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island rise? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous
, the right thing to do is stand back. for example, after the attack on the benghazi consulate that the right thing to do is you say nothing because when an american ambassador is killed, that probably indicates that some serious mistake happened. that's a good moment to say nothing and to wait for facts to emerge. this president has a record that is difficult to defend in a lot of respects. job creation, bad, economic growth, too slow. and his foreign policy initiative looks like it is going up in flames. that's the place where mitt romney should go. and of course president obama and his team wake up every morning and say how can we make today be about anything other than that? unfortunately so far they're doing pretty well. >> you know, i think this president has a tremendous record to go out there and tell the american people. stabilizing the economy, 30 months of consecutive job growth, bin laden dead, gadhafi gone, al qaeda weakened. look, we shouldn't run this election on the republican terms. nor should president obama have to respond every time mitt romney makes a mistake and try to p
aing toed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. u.s. officials say lost amid the tragedy and dramatic headlines was the fact that most were not massive protests but crowds numbering in the hundreds, sometimes in the thousands. >> the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes. >> reporter: susan rice, the u.s. ambassador to the u.n. said the attacks on u.s. targets began as spontaneous protests, rejecting earlier claims they were part of a plot to coincide with last week's anniversary of 9/11. the anti-american protests have fast become the obama administration's most pressing foreign policy crisis. but the white house faces other urgent challenges in the region. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers were killed in afghanistan. the latest in a breakout of insider attacks, where afghan forces target nato troops. and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continued to ratchet pressure on washington to set a red line for iran. claiming iran is months away from being able to build a nuclear
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